Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Altered journal pad thingy & Blog Candy

I'm sure you have seen these done, on many blogs out there, my friend Chris and I saw them and kind of winged it, on how to make them, so here is a little tutorial to help you out.  Here are the products I used for this project.  You will need the mini legal pads that you can find at your local office supply store, take the pads to the copying/printing center and have them cut your pads in half.  My Office Max charges me 75cents for each cut, and they cut 6 pads at a time so its only $1.50 to cut them.  Your 12 pads are now 24 mini journal pads ready for you to alter.
You will need a 5 3/4 inch by
 8 1/4 sheet of cardstock
score it at 2 11/16 in
and then again at 3 inches
you will now have something 
that looks
 like a folder
I took some designer paper that I wanted to put on the front, one piece longer than the other and put a piece of adhesive in one spot to hold the paper together, while I stitched along the edge.  You can completely leave this part out, I just liked the way the stitching looks.
I put a piece of ribbon over the paper to hide where the two different patterned paper meets, this will go on the front of your folder.

I have found that the red tacky/sticky tape works really well and is super strong, you will put this tape on the back of your notepad that you had cut in half at your office supply store.  Leave the cardboard on, it keeps your pad from being flimsy.  Remove the red backing and place this notepad on the inside of your folder.  This is really strong tape, so you don't have a do over for your placement, just eyeball it & you will be fine
Here is the Just Rite set that I used, this is what it looks like inside the box
I always do a couple of practice stamps, just to make sure everything is inked up right.  I inked the "L" in pink ink and then the border in black, you could do this with a marker.  I did have to huff on the stamp (breathing on the stamp to moisten it).  You could always do the border and the monogram all in one color, I was just being a little fancy.  Once I was done stamping my monogram, I cut it out using a circle nestability (they work perfect together)  you could use any circle cutter you may have, this is just what I used.
Place your monogram over the ribbon.  I added a few brads, and did a scalloped border behind my monogram.  This is what is looks like when you are done.
Here is what the inside looks like.  I add a little paper on top to hide that I got the pad from Office Max lol
Today Laura is giving away some Just Rite product, make sure to go check out her blog & leave a comment so you can enter to win.  
I will let you know where to go tomorrow for another chance to win
Friday is my day, so after you do your shopping stop by here and enter to win more stuff!!!
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8 comments:

Marlou said...

oh this is fabulous Latisha, thanks for sharing :) x

~amy~ said...

GREAT altered journal pad thingy...lol.

Chris said...

really cute, you know i love these things!! >"<

Sara Paschal said...

Latishia, your mini Legal pad is beautiful. I had to ask Chris where and how to cut them down after I saw her creations, LOVE THEM! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial very nice job.

Anita said...

Cute gift! TFS!

Jen said...

This is a great project! Thanks for the tutorial. Have a great Turkey day!

Alexandra said...

Fabulous altered journal pad thingy - is that a technical term, lol???!!!! Very cute!! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Geez, when is the last time I stopped by your blog? Holy moly, you've been BUSY! This is awesome too! Love it!

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